I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Government and the Political Economy Project at Dartmouth College. My primary research agenda is concerned with normative issues in multilayered governance: localism, subsidiarity, federalism, and supranationalism.
In July 2016 I was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Virginia for the National Endowment for the Humanities’s Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers “Exploring American Democracy with Alexis de Tocqueville as Guide.”
My work bridges the fields of American politics and political theory by examining American political history and the institutions and processes of American politics through the analytical and normative lenses of political theory. My research and teaching deliberately blur the distinction between political thought and action, emphasizing the philosophical foundations of politics as well as the implications of political action for political theory.
In addition to American political thought, I have broad interests in the history of political thought, contemporary democratic theory, American political development, the presidency, federalism, urban and local politics, supranationalism (especially the European Union), post New Deal American conservatism, and contemporary American political culture.
My work is eclectic both substantively and methodologically. I utilize the methods of traditional social science, APD (including historical institutionalism), analytical philosophy, and political theory. Substantively, I draw on political, social, and intellectual history, human geography, social theory, and political science. In addition to political theory and political science, I have training in economics and analytic philosophy.